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A publication of the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association

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California Dreams Don't Build Themselves


Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Measure to Repeal Transportation Funding


ECONOMIC REPORT Aggregate Matters: California Aggregate and Construction Industry Positive Economic Impact on California




CalCIMA Honors Safety Excellence


CalCIMA Awards Banquet




CalCIMA Members and Other Industry Professionals Met at the “Happiest Place on Earth”


California Community Colleges release new video in partnership with CalCIMA to support talent pipeline for the future.

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Prop 6 Defeated It’s true, California Dreams don’t build themselves…it’s also true that the incredible accomplishments of the last few months didn’t happen by themselves either. California is the largest economic force in the nation, the sixth largest on the planet. More than 39 million people live here. It is also ground zero for both the challenges and opportunities we face as an industry today. What we have done in response to some of those challenges over the last 18 months is nothing short of incredible. I am so proud to be a part of this industry. And so proud of all of you. Together, we have never been stronger or more relevant. Last year, we helped pass SB 1 - the largest transportation funding measure in more than two decades, generating $52 billion over the next 10 years. Earlier this year, we worked together once again to successfully pass a measure to secure that funding and ensure it could not be diverted to other purposes. And, just last week, the voters rejected attempts to repeal SB 1 and to keep $5 billion a year flowing to transportation infrastructure projects for the foreseeable future. And now, with SB 1 funding safely secured, we’re perfectly positioned to help secure the California dream for future generations, building a talent pipeline for thousands of young people to pursue a job and career working to fix our roads, repair our bridges and rebuild this state - from the ground up. I’d like to thank and acknowledge the board, staff and membership of CalCIMA for the leadership, commitment and the investments made in our collective future. When we started down this road more than a year ago, we knew the road ahead would not be easy. But no one could have predicted that it would take two elections and more than 8 million votes cast to secure the transportation funding needed to rebuild this great state. If that’s not the California Dream, I don’t know what is. Congratulations and thank you. It was a great honor to serve as Chairman for the last two years. I truly believe the best is yet to come. Sincerely,

Aaron Johnston

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WORKFORCE California Dreams Don’t Build Themselves


t’s simple. The California Dream doesn’t work unless we do. After decades of neglect of our state highway and transportation infrastructure, thanks to the successful passage and defense of the California Road Repair and Accountability Act, roads and bridges are under repair in every corner of the state. Over the next 10 years, 682,029 jobs will be created, fueled by a steady flow of infrastructure funding that will average $5 billion each year. To create a talent pipeline to help fill those California Dream jobs, the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) is partnering with the California Community College System.

The partnership is designed to increase the number of prepared students for entry-level employment in the growing construction and industrial materials industry. Imagine an industry “boot camp” academy program where, in addition to receiving a basic introduction to construction materials, customer service, hands on experience with exciting new technology and core skills training, each participant earns an OSHA certification, industry branded “Safety Matters” vest and hard hat, and a paid internship, 6

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part time job or guaranteed interview upon completion. All provided at no initial cost to the participant. And at the end of the program, graduates are ready to start building their career “from the ground up” in a growing industry with opportunity and support for advancement. By offering a series of hands-on educational experiences to these students, including visits to a variety of jobsites, and information about career paths and job opportunities with mining and materials companies - they are exposed to real world work environments, job shadowing opportunities and get to see the difference they can make doing work that matters. Over time, the partnership with the California Community Colleges is expected to expand the number and type of education and training programs aimed at jobs in our sectors, creating a pipeline into existing and expanded career

pathways and programs for community college students such as mechanics, electricians, drivers, equipment operators and welders. Many of these individuals will be employed as interns or part-time workers by members while they complete the academy and then continue on the pathway to expand their skills and pursue their education while they grow within the company. The partnership will begin with two pilot academy programs – one in the north and one in the south - building on many successful outreach and education models already underway at the local level. A recent initiative in Watsonville by Graniterock hosted local high school students who have already expressed serious interest in pursuing a construction-related career to potential career opportunities in the heavy civil construction and construction materials industries. The Conveyor • 2018 Fall Issue

Photo courtesy Project Cornerstone: San Marcos High School Career Technical Education class members visit CEMEX ready mix plant in Escondido.

The purpose of their program is to develop a set of local, young adults who can become a part of the workforce after either their graduation from high school, community college or a university. In San Diego, Project Cornerstone is partnering with local industry partners and area high schools to add emphasis on

construction materials to existing and planned career pathways based programs. Using private investments from local businesses and materials producers, the training program includes an introduction to construction materials and site visit as well as skills training sessions using hands-on and classroom instruction. Volunteers from Women in Mining (WIM) provide a wide variety of community outreach, awareness and training in various locations throughout the state. At the 2018 CalCIMA Education Conference, WIM announced a new campaign encouraging members to step up as volunteers with WIM to help spread the message of the essential nature of construction and industrial materials and raise awareness about the great jobs and careers available. Community based programs like these are critically important to the overall effort to raise awareness and aim workers toward career pathways in our industry. CalCIMA’s partnership

with California Community Colleges will expand and coordinate efforts to build a long term talent pipeline to help address immediate and long-term industry workforce needs. “Construction materials producers cannot afford to sit on the sidelines, waiting for someone else to solve the workforce challenges of today and tomorrow,” comments Gary Hambly, CalCIMA, President/CEO. We have to join forces and integrate our efforts and message to raise awareness, increase prospects and expand education and training opportunities that prepare Californians for dream jobs and advancement in one of California’s most essential and beneficial industry sectors. The CalCIMA construction materials partnership is a great start to secure the future. To find out more about how your company can be a participating partner to help build the talent pipeline, visit or contact Gary Hambly, CalCIMA, President/CEO. n

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TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Measure to Repeal Transportation Funding


By Gary W. Hambly, President & CEO, CalCIMA

ome said, it couldn’t be done, some contended it shouldn’t have been done, but, by soundly rejecting Proposition 6 by more than 10 percentage points and re-electing all but one of the legislators that voted for the increase in the gas tax (Senator Josh Newman was recalled in March), California voters demonstrated a strong defense of user based fees to fund needed transportation improvements. It also established that voters support the notion that a popularly elected legislature should keep the responsibility of determining gas and vehicle taxes rather than shifting that responsibility to the voters via future ballot measures. As satisfying as these results are, this victory didn’t come without cost. The No on 6 campaign was the second most expensive contest this election cycle. The coalition of labor, businesses, local governments, Public Safety and environmental interests raised and spent nearly $51 million or $7.81 per “no” vote to protect the transportation funding that had been authorized by the Legislature. Most voters seemed to understand that a small tax increase to fix roads was necessary and long overdue. Or as the Governor described it on election night, “This is bridges and girders, overpasses and cement and concrete - this is real stuff.” California hadn’t increased the gas tax in decades and the state’s transportation network was showing its effects with crumbling roads and dangerously deficient overpasses and bridges. In the run up to the election, voters had 8

tangible evidence that the 12 cent increase in the gas tax was making the difference that was promised by the Legislature when the Road Repair and Accountability Act was passed in 2017. There were already signs everywhere (literally signs declaring your SB1 transportation funds at work) announcing the 6500 projects already underway in every county across the state. These visual examples of progress were reinforced by editorial after editorial from local newspapers that announced future projects that would be undertaken and long awaited improvements that were soon to come. Campaign observers noted another ironic twist of events during the campaign, (or maybe just the good fortune of the No on 6 Campaign) as proponents of the repeal effort railed against the gas tax and its impact on working families and the cost of living in California, the price of fuel was actually declining during the days before the election. It was reported for example in the San Diego area, the heart of the repeal movement, the average price of a gallon of gas dropped 21.5 cents

in the days before the Nov. 6 election. Is California’s success in the passage of SB1 and defeating its repeal a harbinger of even a brighter future for transportation infrastructure funding in the future? Have California voters demonstrated that there is broad based support for user funded infrastructure investment? President Trump came to office with the promise of a robust infrastructure funding measure and with the Democrats now controlling the House the prospects for a bipartisan infrastructure package and a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund have seemingly improved significantly. In any case, with the $5 billion of annual investment in our state transportation system now secure, a 30 year backlog in Caltrans projects and the prospect of adding 65,000 construction jobs to our workforce, the California Construction Industry will need to redouble its efforts to attract and train a new generation of workers who will now benefit from sustainable and well-paying jobs in our industry. n The Conveyor • 2018 Fall Issue

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ECONOMIC REPORT Aggregate Matters California Aggregate and Construction Industry Positive Economic Impact on California


n analysis of the economic impact of California’s aggregate and construction industry, performed by Advanced Development Economics (ADE), shows the benefit on state and local economies, job creation, tax revenues and local communities. The analysis was drawn from public data on employment, taxes and business activity. It shows the industry is a major economic engine for the state and local communities. Peter Cheng, Advanced Development Economics, provided an industry economic impact report update at the 2018 CalCIMA Education Conference in Anaheim in November 2018. According to the report, in 2016, the most recent year data is available, the aggregate and construction companies directly account for more than 1.16 million jobs and $210 billion in output. The multiplier effect more than doubles the overall impact to California’s economy. “The aggregate and construction industry is a significant contributor to the economic well-being of California, generating a total impact of $483 billion in output and employing and supporting more than 2 million workers in a wide range of occupations and industries in every community across the state,” Gary Hambly, CalCIMA President and CEO stated. The data shows every 10 industry jobs supports another 14 jobs in other sectors. Average annual income for aggregate workers is $76,500, with plenty of opportunities for growth, advancement and upward mobility. ADE is a Walnut Creek based firm that studies economic conditions and market trends in California. The industry economic impact report was presented at the CalCIMA Education Conference in November 2018. Visit to download the full report and companion graphics you can see used to raise awareness of the essential nature of our business. n

Peter Cheng, Advanced Development Economics, provided an industry economic impact report update at the 2018 CalCIMA Education Conference in Anaheim in November.


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EVENTS Dream It! CalCIMA Members and Other Industry Professionals Met at the “Happiest Place on Earth” Last Month for Opportunities to Learn About Relevant Industry Topics, Network With Old Friends and Colleagues, and Make New Connections


By Stephanie Pridmore, CalCIMA, Director of Business Operations

he 2018 Annual Education Conference opened with a new video highlighting the construction and industrial materials industry, titled Building California Dreams from the Ground Up. Check out the new video on our Facebook page and be sure to share it with colleagues and friends. The General Session began with a very relevant talk about the wildfires in California. Keith Woods, North Coast Builders Exchange CEO, opened with “An Inferno & Beyond: The Remarkable Story of How the Building Industry Came Together After the Massive North Bay Fires in 2017 to Help the Community Recover and Rebuild.” All the while, California was in the midst of the most deadly and destructive wildfire in our state’s history. For the North Bay fires, Keith Woods told how the recovery efforts were overwhelming. Hundreds of construction workers went through special HAZMAT training and spent five months removing 2.2 million tons of debris from 4500 parcels in four counties. The Builders Exchange and its members stepped up to help the fire victims. They developed a website where homeowners could get rebuilding information, they hosted webinars on “what you need to know before hiring a contractor,” and attended dozens of town meetings of fire victims seeking advice. Then, they 12

Keith Woods, North Coast Builders Exchange, speaking about the 2017 North Bay fires.

followed-up by helping the local contractors to find out who had the willingness and capacity to help rebuild. They opened a Tool Replacement Center and gave away $250,000 worth of tools, hosted monthly roundtables to bring industry together to share information and solve problems, and expanded their Construction Corps program for local high school seniors. Mr. Woods followed up with conference attendees by making available a list of tips on what CalCIMA Members can do for their employees and themselves following a disaster. This list can be found on CalCIMA’s website at

A General Session highlight, “Animation – It’s Kind of Fun to do the Impossible” challenges our industry to dream! This talk, co-presented by Andrew White with Benchmark Resources and Kevin Torell with Vulcan Materials, showed how innovative concepts such as virtual reality and 3D printing can be utilized in our industry to assist with design, planning and product uses. The General Session, sponsored by Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, also updated members on the State’s Mineral Classification Program, compliance options for the Surface Mining & Reclamation Act, and member perspectives on permitting The Conveyor • 2018 Fall Issue

potential in California, including a case study. The Breakout Sessions were a little something for everyone. The Environmental Breakout Session sponsored by Teichert Materials focused discussion on areas of critical environmental compliance and permitting challenges. These included everything from obtaining streambed alteration agreements from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to industrial stormwater issues on permit renewal and use of stormwater basins. The session also included talks on hazardous material inspections, doctrines for land use permitting, and case studies on SMARA compliance. The Technical Breakout Session, hosted by Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., began with talks from Caltrans on new programs to test materials and request environmental product

Environmental Breakout Moderator, John Lane, Teichert Materials.

declarations (EPD) on select projects. The session then went on for informative talks on using petrography to analyze concrete, the latest in standards and use of

returned fresh concrete, Caltrans' new way for calculating QC/QA, and ways to improve foundations and pavements. [ Continued on page 14 ]

Above Left: Bill Taylor with Granite Construction, Inc. giving perspectives on aggregate reserve development. Above Right: Andrew White, Benchmark Resources gave a presentation titled, “Animation– It’s Kind of Fun to do the Impossible.” Left: Brian Anderson, Sespe Consulting, Inc., speaking on mineral resource classification and designation.

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Although members may not need to be reminded that operating in California is risky business, the Business & Risk Breakout Session gave members an opportunity to hear the latest. Featured talks included representatives from the Dept. of Industrial Relations and Caltrans on AB 219, prevailing wage for concrete delivery; the ground breaking California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex and how it affects producers; and new Prop. 65 warnings. But, the session, sponsored by CEMEX, ended on a happy note with sound advice on how to improve behavior and productivity through mindfulness and injury prevention. Environmental Justice and AB 617 were featured in Wednesday morning’s California Adventure Breakout Session. The AB 617 may be a true California adventure as the state moves forward with specific policies to develop solutions for disadvantaged communities impacted by pollution. The session looked specifically at how AB 617 will impact material producers, including plants, fleets, land use planning and their strategies for compliance. Case studies were provided for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. n 14




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EVENTS CalCIMA Honors Safety Excellence By Kevin Thompson, Editor, Cal-OSHA Reporter


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he California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) has recognized five individuals and companies with its 2018 Safety Excellence Awards. The awardees were honored on Nov. 12 in Anaheim. The awards are not “based on statistics, but…a descriptive assessment of what is happening at the location.” CalCIMA says. ‘It is not easy to apply for these awards; it takes a lot of work. Each recipient has shown leadership, improvement, enthusiasm, and involvement of miners and laborers, and each has extended safety beyond the plant to other parts of their company, the community, and the lives of their employees. The association recognized Juan Hernandez Sales Loader Operator for Lhoist North America in Salinas, for Outstanding Safety Leadership. Four other companies were also honored for their work to create safe workplaces in this hazardous industry.

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Hernandez also took the initiative to redesign the Salinas quarry’s stockpile area, so trucks could move more safely, repositioning demand piles for easier access, and eliminating blind corners. “Since these changes, there has not been a [single] near miss in vehicular traffic,” CalCIMA says. Hernandez also designed a new stormwater drain system that, among other things, contributes to drier and safer road conditions.


CalCIMA recognized Granite Construction’s Handley Ranch in this category. The mine has gone 10 years without an injury. It has accomplished this safety milestone by working to eliminate accidents between heavy equipment and ground personnel and vehicles. Granite has done this by placing proximity sensors on all wheel loaders, putting whip flags on quarry vehicles, and instituting a traffic management plan to avoid heavy equipment contact with ground personnel.

Juan Hernandez (second from left) accepts the Outstanding Leadership Award from presenters Kevin Hirsch, Acting District Manager for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (right) and Meghan Neal, Safety Director for Lehigh Hanson. Second from right is Hernandez’s colleague, Jocelyn Jackson, EHS Manager for Lhoist Natividad.

Don Roland, Manager of Construction Materials for Handley Ranch Quarry (left) and Mitchell Bush, Plant Engineer second from left.

CalCIMA says Hernandez has taken on the responsibility of training new hires and other employees on the safe use of heavy equipment – on a voluntary basis. “He does this because he is passionate about safety.” He also reminds operators of customer trucks about safe operating speeds and personal protective equipment requirements on-site.

It also replaced open-air skid steers with enclosed cab vehicles to reduce exposures when operators must sample for silica. And the quarry has a unique annual training program where miners perform a cell phone-distraction “walk the gauntlet” while texting a message, holding a glass of water and being pelted by stress balls.


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The award here goes to Vulcan Materials Western Division’s Corona Stone Quarry. A major source of aggregate for Southern California, the quarry has gone almost 1.3 million worker hours without a lost-time injury.

Herb Burton (center), Vice President and General Manager, Central Concrete Supply San Jose.

Jason Solis, Plant Supervisor (left), Earl Ochs, Assistant Plant Manager (left and second from left), Corona Stone Quarry.

Its accomplishments include engineering wider transfer points to reduce material clogging and make maintenance easier; placement of “job boxes” at the tops of towers to prevent workers from having to carry tools up and down stairs each time for screen and bearing repairs; and replacing plywood coverings over crushers with plant-fabricated, custom-fitted aluminum coverings. “This allows miners to perform liner changes without a tipping hazard.” The quarry’s “Speak Up For Safety” system recognizes employees for their safety suggestions. “As a result," CalCIMA says, “miners have taken it upon themselves to expand emergency action training, make fire extinguishers more accessible, and improve access to areas from catwalks.”

The plant also has reduced these incidents by repaving its wash rack, walking and parking areas, and adding railings, more visible painting and better signage. The addition of better lighting has reduced injuries during night operations.


In the final category, CalCIMA recognized Lhoist North America’s Natividad Plant in Salinas. The 70-employee dolomite mine has gone more than 140,000 worker hours without a lost-time incident. The plant provides workers with fresh fruit for health and places high visibility “happy face” flags on all vehicles for safety.


The honoree in this category is Central Concrete Supply’s San Jose plant. It is the company’s largest plant and serves “construction intensive” Silicon Valley, often running 24 hours a day. CalCIMA says the plant halved its recordable incident rate in one year. It accomplished this safety success by installing a “load and go” system at the plant to keep drivers from having to get out of their trucks. Previously, drivers had to load, exit their cabs, wash down the mixer, then re-enter the cab, leading to many slips, trips and falls. They system is now automated. The Conveyor • 2018 Fall Issue

Jocelyn Jackson, EHS Manager (left) and Juan Hernandez, Sales Loader Operator.

It has created a “Journey Management Plan” to create safer walkways around the quarry, and built a remote-control truck with a gas monitor to test confined spaces for gases instead of employees having to go inside the spaces. n 17

EVENTS CalCIMA Awards Banquet CalCIMA’s awards banquet took place at their annual Education Conference Associate of the Year Award Shows dedication to the association, commitment to the membership, and outstanding support of the industry. Willa Perlmutter Stoel Rives LLP Willa wasn’t there, Michael Mills accepted on her behalf.

Spirit of the Industry Award Exemplifies the desire to advance the goals and objectives of the industry and demonstrates the energy and passion to strategically further the Association’s policy agenda. Barbara Goodrich-Welk Vulcan Materials Company

President’s Award Outstanding dedication to the mission and goals of the Association, and a diligent commitment to the preservation of the industry. Aaron Johnston Graniterock

Benjamin J. Licari Distinguished Member Award A member who values CalCIMA and promotes its benefits to his and her peers building a greater and more successful organization. Gary Johnson Granite Construction, Inc. 18

The following Committee Chairs were also honored for their hard work and leadership through the last two years. Gary Johnson, Chair Granite Construction, Inc. Gov. & Legislative Affairs Committee Michael Ruddy, Jr., Chair Allied Concrete & Supply Co. Inc. Education, Events & Member Services Candice Longnecker, Chair Granite Construction, Inc. Environmental & Natural Resources Committee Katharine Wagner, Co-Chair Katharine E. Wagner, Attorney Legal Action Committee Kerry Shapiro, Co-Chair Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP Legal Action Committee Martin Hansberger, Chair Holliday Rock Co., Inc. Political Action Committee Deborah Haldeman, Chair CEMEX Public Education & Outreach Committee Michael Herges, Co-Chair Graniterock Safety & Health Committee Terry Tyson, Co-Chair Lehigh Hanson Region West Safety & Health Committee Patrick Frawley, Co-Chair Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc. Technical Committee Ed Luce, Co-Chair CEMEX Technical Committee Gary Clay, Chair CEMEX Transportation Committee

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VIDEO RELEASE California Community College System Releases New Video Promoting Aggregate and Construction Dream Jobs

James Morante, California Community Colleges Energy, Construction and Utility (ECU) sector navigator debuted a new video to promote CA Dream Jobs in our sector as part of his presentation at the November 2018 CalCIMA Education Conference in Anaheim. Morante was there to promote a new partnership between the community college system and the construction and industrial materials industry formed to create a talent pipeline to build the next generation of workforce. “We’re excited to work with the community colleges to expand programs and training opportunities in our sector,” says CalCIMA President and CEO Gary Hambly. ”We need all hands on deck to prepare and attract a skilled workforce to rebuild California’s roads and bridges from the ground up.” In 2017 Californians approved SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, important legislation to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure. Since then, there’s something exciting happening across California – roads and highways are being repaired and bridges are being fixed. There are already more than 6,500 bridge and safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects underway throughout California. The Conveyor • 2018 Fall Issue

An additional 682,029 jobs will be created over the next 10 years in the construction and materials sector and the businesses they support, fueled by a steady flow of infrastructure funding that will average $5 billion each year. “I came into the business in sales,” Jake Hinchey, Manager of Construction Materials at Granite Construction shares. “Over the past 15 years, I’ve been able to steadily advance.” The construction and industrial materials industry offers a wide and diverse set of well-paying jobs and careers, including everything from mechanics to facilities maintenance to welding to drivers and engineers to heavy equipment operators and project managers and estimators, surveyors, trainers, safety officers and many more. “We want to train Californians for these new jobs,” Orion Walker, northern California Deputy Sector Navigator, states. “Not only to address today’s skills gaps, but also to keep California moving, growing and thriving into the future.” The California Community College system is working with the industry to create and expand training, certifications and degree pathways to respond to growing needs for skilled workers. The video spotlights workers who found their dream job and the support

Barbara Goodrich-Welk (left), Manager, Community and Government Relations and Abbey Sanderson, Community Relations and Environmental Coordinator, Vulcan Materials Company.

to advance their careers from the ground up in one of California’s largest and most essential sectors. “Community colleges are perfectly positioned to address our education and training needs,” CalCIMA President and CEO Gary Hambly says. “The 114 colleges are already located in the communities we serve, it’s a perfect match.” The video is a call to action, encouraging students and others looking for good paying jobs and careers to consider a construction and industrial materials pathway and urging companies to get involved in building and sustaining the talent pipeline. “There are many pathways to success and always a growth opportunity,” Henry Ramirez, Graniterock VP of Aggregate Division, explains in the video. “The possibilities are limitless.” To find the video online, visit CalCIMA's at watch?v=Gn8j-UtmqWY or the California Community College Doing What Matters website at For more information about the talent pipeline partnership contact James Morante at or Gary Hambly at n 19

MEMBER NEWS Second Annual Quarry Crusher Run Sets New Record in Support of the Chula Vista Firefighter’s Foundation Over three hundred runners, fitness enthusiasts, first responders and Chula Vista community leaders came together Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 for the Second Annual Quarry Crusher Run. The race once again took place at Vulcan Materials Company’s 277-acre Chula Vista Quarry and while the race has been held in other cities across the United States, Chula Vista is the only city on the West Coast where the unique race is offered. The course was set up in San Diego County’s only operational hard rock mine which allowed runners a one-of-a-kind opportunity to run through the pit of a quarry surrounded by towering rock walls and then be treated to magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Diego when they reached the top. The Quarry Crusher Run raised more than $40,000 and was the most successful single event fundraiser in the history of the Chula Vista Firefighter's Foundation. n

Graniterock Celebrates Construction Industry with Race Car Experience Graniterock hit the gas pedal on celebrating people in the construction industry by giving away a VIP experience at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey. The company teamed up with professional race car driver Derek DeBoer of The Racers Group to put the sweepstakes winner in the passenger seat of Derek’s Porsche for a hair-raising spin around the world-famous track, which happens to be paved with Graniterock hot mix asphalt. The four-week sweepstakes was open to the public and Graniterock customers through the company’s construction industry newsletter Rock.Paper.Scissors., website, social media, emails and word-of-mouth. The lucky winner for the VIP experience was Charlie Bower of Case Pacific. Charlie invited Case Pacific project engineer Cameron Lane to join the California 8 Hours Challenge by Pirelli at Laguna Seca, where both were treated to lunch with Derek and his team, front row seats to watch the team’s practice session and two laps around the track with Derek at speeds reaching 140 mph. “This is a dream come true,” Charlie said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Incredible experience all-around.” n


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Rock N Run Fundraiser a Smashing Success for Aromas Community Graniterock team members, customers, vendors and community came together again to raise money for Aromas School. They had a great turnout for the annual 5k/10k through the quarry, and a number of people participated in the quarry tours. Together they raised $20,000 for Aromas School. n

CEMEX Rocks the Community of Rialto Rialto Unified School District and their STEM Program walk away with more than $12,000 for their classrooms. The 5th Annual Mayor Robertson’s Run Around the Rocks and CEMEX’s Open House is an opportunity for students, educators, administrators and community members to learn firsthand the importance of construction materials and the role they play in the region. Thirteen schools comprising 26 teams participated in the event which is held at CEMEX’s Lytle Creek Plant. In its fifth year, the run continues to grow with Jehue Middle School registering 7 teams. This year they ran in honor of their teacher and coach Mr. Kashiwagi. A determined coach Mr. Kashiwagi started training his student runners as soon as school started in August. He was determined to take home first through third honors for Jehue Middle School. Students trained daily in hopes for the Middle School Title. Unfortunately, a few days before the run their beloved teacher was riding his bike and was hit by a car leaving him in critical condition. The students all arrived without their coach and took home first, second and third place running in his honor. Mayor Robertson and Dan Flores Chief of Staff for Supervisor Josie Gonzales handed out a participation medal to each runner and first through third place teams and individual winners. Community members and runners were treated to an Open House and pancake breakfast. This event has become a large community event. CEMEX showcases their products and has educational booths. This year runners were treated to a new route through the plant and out into the quarry. CEMEX’s goal is to work with the community through education and open communication. n

The Conveyor • 2018 Fall Issue


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